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Episcopal Church offers resources for observing Earth Day 2011 on April 22

March 30, 2011

With Earth Day 2011 on April 22 nearly here, resources are available for observing and recognizing this annual event.

“This year Earth Day falls within Holy Week, specifically on Good Friday, a profound co-incidence,” noted Mike Schut, Episcopal Church Economic and Environmental Affairs Officer. “To fully honor Earth Day, we need to reclaim the theology that knows Earth is ‘very good,’ is holy. When we fully recognize that, our actions just may begin to create a more sustainable, compassionate economy and way of life.”

He added, “And on Good Friday, the day we mark the crucifixion of Christ, God in the flesh, might we suggest that when Earth is degraded, when species go extinct, that another part of God's body experiences yet another sort of crucifixion -- that another way of seeing and experiencing God is diminished?”

Earth Day resources are available here:

Among the resources are:

National Council of Churches' Earth Day Sunday Resource: The 2011 edition is titled “Where Two or More are Gathered: Eco-Justice as Community.”


Earth Ministry’s Worship Aids: homilies, hymns, prayers, litanies, sample worship services, etc.


The Episcopal Ecological Network’s Liturgical Resources: sample creation season services, litanies, liturgies, service bulletins and related materials.


Earth Day Network: educational resources for all ages, including lesson plans for "green schools" projects.


GreenFaith's Resource Center: resources related to worship, education and spiritual practices.


One Year Anniversary of the Gulf Oil Spill: The Deepwater Horizon disaster erupted onto the national scene on April 20, 2010. The following resources connect Earth Day with the spill.


For more info contact Schut at


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Nancy Cox Davidge
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